There were so many original and interesting pieces that appeared during a Bristol Womxn Mural Collective Dean Lane paint jam back in November that I simply have to keep returning to my archive to dig them out to share.
This Beauty was painted by Hana Moonface whose stunning illustrations can be viewed on her Instagram feed. The gold and black colours work well and there is a serenity in the face that is calming. Definitely an unusual piece to find in a spot more used to tags and throwups. Looking forward to seeing the collective at work again soon, perhaps in the spring.
For every piece that I post on Natural Adventures from Greenbank, there are probably a further twenty or so that never actually make it, which gives you some idea of just how many pieces there are on this long wall (hoarding).
This rather unusual piece, but all the better for it, is by Stika, AKA Apex_aloy, who has made a couple of appearances on this blog before. Everyday objects can be a surprising inspiration for artists, as this ‘camcorder’ seems to be for Stika. Another artist who is inspired by everyday objects is Merny, and both uses colour to the max. There is a charm about this piece, and an artist’s signature to be proud of. I’ll be on the hunt to find another Stika piece soon.
This is the second Chill/Etza collaboration that I have posted on Natural Adventures, and as you will have noticed, the former of these two tattoo artists has been really busy on the streets of Bristol lately.
The left-hand side of the pair is by Chill, and features another of his quirky black and white carton characters, looking little bit trippy if you ask me, judging from the mushrooms emanatinng from the character’s eyes. Set on a flaming orange background, the piece really stands out.
To the right is Etza’s contribution continues with the mushroom theme, but these are growing from a skull. Is it the same character as chill’s, only deceased? Who knows?. The skull again is rather cartoonish, and I reckon Etza could do with a little bit of advice from Laic217 on refining that jaw arrangement a little. This is a fun collaboration from these two, and I hope they continue to work together producing these vibrant pieces.
Oof! I am absolutely loving these script writing pieces that Mena painted in the late autumn, and the departure from her customary blocky letters is inspired. It is so good when writers experiment with new styles, and this is a winning formula in my opinion.
Painted alongside fellow RBF artists, this is a real stunner. Looking like a neon sign, the clever horizontal fills are really effective. Also the sharp lines are so skilfully done. All in all a really classy piece.
An artist, whose work I have photographed many, many times, but rarely, if ever posted on Natural Adventures is Dybe. Well I am putting that wrong right with this post today. I believe Dybe is part of the No Frills crew, and he has certainly been busy alongside Slim Pickings, Biers and Bags all over Bristol lately.
Dybe’s writing is superbly presented, and seems always to be very tight and clean. The letters are not the kindest for graffiti writing, but he always presents them really well. There is usually a little character that emerges somewhere in his letters, and in this piece it is on the ‘Y’. There are loads of elements to admire, such as the fades of colour fill, the brick wall and the drips. An all round excellent piece of writing. More to look forward to from Dybe.
Without doubt, Moon Street is my favourite graffiti spot in Bristol. It was where I cut my teeth discovering the joys of the art form, taking little detours on my walks to work (I haven’t been to the office for nearly two years now, imagine that!). Although the frequency of new pieces in Moon Street has been low for some time, I still like to swing by now and again for old time’s sake.
Imagine my happiness when I came across this Biers piece on my most recent visit. I can’t think I have ever seen any of his work here before, so it was a double surprise. The piece adopts his WD40 moniker with a musician emerging from the ‘0’. The colours are nice and the whole thing really works for me. Great fun from Biers.
There is no stopping Face 1st, and indeed there has been no stopping him for several years now, he is a machine. Whether he is painting with his PWA crew or solo, he brings a sense of fun, mischief and happiness through his work.
This is a lovely portrait piece, on the M32 roundabout, of one of his laughing girls with flowers in her hair. The splatted mouth and background are ideas that Face 1st has been using a lot lately, and are becoming identifiers for his work (as if they aren’t recognisable enough). This one is a real beauty.
An artist who has certainly found his feet and confidence in Bristol is tattooist Chill. Over the last few weeks Chill has been hitting walls hard with some outstanding black and white cartoon characters set on red or orange backgrounds. His work is very distinctive and beautifully finished.
I only wish my photographic skills were as slick as Chill’s finishing skills. My camera has been playing up for a while, and I think I am going to have to replace it. It has been a trusty partner and accompanied me on every walk for the last three or four years, but is gets a real bashing and is covered in spray paint from my own efforts in the garden. Getting in my excuses first. I only got one picture of this piece, all the others were blurred, which is so annoying.
Chill is a very classy addition to the Bristol street art collective. Brace yourself for a few more from this fabulous artist.